Hotels Not Prepared for Tourist Rush

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The law "On tourism" has been constantly amended over the past two years–but the law-makers refuse to adopt it. However–there is hope that it will soon be passed. Talking to Noyan Tapan–representative of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) to Armenia–Manager of the Armenian Association of Travel Agencies (AATA) in Armenia Sisak Abrahamian pointed out that in the absence of the law "On tourism," there was an improper attitude–which resulted in a small number of tourists visiting Armenia. He stated that in recent years neither the "Armenia" nor "Sil" hotels provided accommodation to tourist groups.

Abrahamian stated Armenia’s hotels will be unable to accommodate if there is an influx of tourists.

According to Abrahamian–businessmen also regard tourism with distrust. He pointed out that the hotels included in the list of facilities subject to privatization attract few buyers. "People do not expect profit." Abrahamian also said the activities of Armenia’s travel agencies lack coordination.

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